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Killer infection found in taps at baby ward

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A killer infection that claimed the lives of three babies in a Belfast hospital has been traced to taps in the neo-natal unit, the Health Minister has said.

All the taps and connected pipe work in the room at the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital are to be removed as experts try to eradicate all traces of the pseudomonas bacteria, Edwin Poots told the Assembly.

One baby continues to be treated amid as yet unconfirmed fears that the infant has also contracted the potentially deadly infection.

“I can report that investigations so far have shown that pseudomonas bacteria have been found in a number of taps in the intensive care area of the neo-natal unit in the RJMH,” Mr Poots said.

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